Best Festive fun

Last minute Christmas events in London


Wow, can you believe today is the 2nd December? Yesterday my daughters did not allow me a minute of peace… they wanted to open their advent calendars, which I had shoved on top of our fridge. The truth is, as a working mum, I am now so disorganised that I did not get them any… but luckily for them, their very generous and loving aunt sent the most beautiful advent calendars to them last week. Thank goodness for grandmas, aunties and friends – they bail me out time after time.

This morning, I panicked because I have not organised any festive fun for the family. We all know that Christmas is not really underway until we have taken our little ones to a Christmas event. This is where the memories are really created.  

So here are the very best events for you to take your precious ones to.

Magic After Dark at Kew Gardens, Kew, Surrey TW9 3AB

Enjoy the magical after dark experience with friends and family at the Kew Botanical Gardens. You’ll walk through thousands of fairy lights, eat fab food, ride on rides and take lots of photos to share on Instagram. You can book your ticket here.

The Magical Ice Kingdom at Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London W2 2 UJ

Every child’s dreams of actually visiting a magical kingdom created of ice will come true this Christmas at Hyde Park. You can see everything from animals to castles, all made out of ice. Your kids – particularly those who are crazy about the movie Frozen – are going to love this. More information here

Hamleys’ Father Christmas Grotto, 188-196 Regents Street, London W1B 8PA

Join Father Christmas and his lovable elves in the Party Room at the ‘Finest Toy Shop in the World!’ Your child will leave with a smile after meeting Santa and his elves in this store. More information here


You don’t have to leave the shores of England to find a fab Christmas market. This traditional market has a range of handmade wooden toys, jewellery, decorations, and lots of other Christmassy things! It serves one of the best bratwurst, crêpes, roasted nuts or a warming cup of glühwein. BTW, there is a carousel and music to get you into the Christmas groove. More information here

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, Strand, London WC2R 1LR

Described as London’s ice-cool destination by Stylist and ‘Stunning’ by London Evening Standard. This is perfect for the whole family, and not just for little ones. Make your visit a memorable one by visiting the Fortnum & Mason Lounge just next to the ice rink. More information here

Peter Pan at New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, London SW19 1QG

Wimbledon is not just for tennis, it is also the home of panto. This year, Hollywood star Verne Troyer, comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Jarred Christmas, plus dance troupe Flawless are awaiting to get you into the Christmas spirit. Book your ticket here

Skate at Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Henry VIII’s sixteenth-century pad is turned into a magnificent 900 square metre outdoor rink, If you are like me and have never skated before, you can hire an ice guide, and children can book skate lessons in advance. BTW, there is a bar and a cafe. More information here

Sing Carols with Carshalton Choral Society, Methodist Church, Ruskin Road, Carshalton SM5 3DE

Get into the festive season celebrations with conductor Phillip Colin who invites you to join his choir in singing along to popular carols. You can book your tickets here

The Nutcracker on Ice, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP

Last Christmas, John, the girls and I saw the Bolshoi Ballet’s Nutcracker via simulcast in a local cinema – it was marvellous. This year, you can treat your little ones to this memorable performance on ice at one of London’s most iconic buildings. More information here

Yvonne xxx

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